Hey folks, we’re a little late on this one, so sorry if you’re dying from lack of Dark Horse Saddle Up. Here you go!
Script: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Max Fiumara
Have you ever wondered what a full on 80’s style zombie movie would be like in the world of Abe Sapien? All the tropes are here. Punk rock couple in a cemetery which leads to doom? Check. Wasted Hero? Check. A guy checking on something and a quick reveal to show a zombie behind him. Yep. Throw in some other crazy Mignola-esque ideas a bit of small town prejudice and you’ve got yourself Abe Sapien #10.
One of the things that I find fascinating is that even though I’m done with zombies and vampires, Mignola seems to cling on to them with good reason… he writes them well. All while reading this comic I kept thinking “This feels just like Return of the Living Dead meets… all other zombie movies” and I loved it. It didn’t feel retread. The art, as always is awesome… Fiumara nailed the zombies. They look gross and terrifying and totally rad. I’d recommend this book. As a starting issue, maybe not. But also, if you just picked it off the shelf, I don’t think it would be too terribly confusing.
“Script” Victor Gischler
Pencils: Maurizio Rosenzweig
Ahhh Clown Fatale… the comic that never ceases to amaze me at how terrible comics can and used to be. The final issue came and went and nothing could make me happier. I will hopefully never have to read something this terrible again. I mean, I’m sure they could try, but this is next to the worst attempt at a comic ever. There is no pay off in the vengeance tale. It’s not clever. It’s male chauvinistic crap, is what it is. Oh sure, the girls are tough, but they might as well be headless, T-n-A killing things. I love Grindhouse, but this is about as far away as you can get from the cheeky fun of a Grindhouse comic or movie. It’s dreadful. The fact that they get painted up like KISS is telling, because KISS sucks and so does Clown Fatale.
Various artists and writers
CREEPY comics are a perfect blend of complete relevancy, nostalgia and morality. It’s weird saying that, as these harken back to comics of a day when they were used to say that our youth are being corrupted from the gore and horror within them. However, what CREEPY does is takes old favorite kinds of “Man vs the Exotic” “Man vs Nature” or “Man Vs Self” and gives you a complete Aesop’s Fable in 10-15 pages of beautifully illustrated story. Some of these stories could have been written in the 50’s, but some are obviously geared for today. In this issue we have a Mummy story and then a rockstar story (with references to Pitchfork) that fit the nostalgia with current relevancy.
I love these books. I may be predisposed to do that from loving Tales from the Crypt and Amazing Stories from when I was a kid. However, for someone like me, that wants a moral to a story, these are perfect. I love MOST of the art and though the stories never stray far from the beaten path they are always great to read. If this seems like something you are interested in, this was a great issue and I would recommend it.
Script: Brian Wood
Pencils Facundo Percio
Vader is a great villain. No one can’t doubt that. Even knowing his back story kinda helps, but from the first moment on the Rebel ship in Episode 4, Vader is a bad @$$. What we get in these last couple issues is seeing Vader looking for satiation in devastation. Something very Vader-like. “Oh you won’t tell us a secret, I’mma blow up your home planet and have you watch.” It’s this kind of mentality that Brian Wood sets in motion and with a microscope focuses on. It helps that a human pilot is the mouthpiece by which our humanity is processed.
This was a great two issue run. A lot of Star Wars books I’m not too into because it seems like it’s all about the action and the amount of aliens that you kind of know that can be added into the book and less about the characters. This is a laser focus on Vader’s need to cheer himself up by wreaking havoc. Does it make him feel better? Probably not… but it gets into more of why his reception in Episode 6 is so great. If all Star Wars books would be written as well as this, these would be taken much more serious in the realm of comics and Star Wars Lore. I would no recommend this as the starting point, get last issue if you are curious and then get this one. Both are fantastic reads of the villain we all kinda love.
Story: Duane Swiercyznski
Art: Eric Nguyen
I missed last issue and that has left me wondering what the heck is going on. There’s a guy that is captured and he’s maybe a guy-behind-the-guy, guy. I’m not sure where he fits in, but there is an ultra-baddy and then there’s X. X’s girlfriend is trying to figure out X’s past and then there’s a bit of bloodshed as X goes on a spree.
What makes X entertaining to read, even though missing an issue makes things confusing, is that there’s always unraveling of who X is. I think the point is to be a little confused by who the masked vigulantee is. Swiercynski’s writing is always interesting, and Nguyen’s art is always dark and brooding. If you like Batman and Punisher, X is kind of the perfect combo of both of them. There’s a bit of comic book wonder that has to be enjoyed (like deflecting bullets with a sword), so even though it is gritty, it’s still fantastical. This would not be an issue to start on. I would start with Issue one as each issue definitely builds upon itself.